by Olutayo Irantiola
The political scene in Nigeria has undergone different transition in recent times as party flag bearers have emerged in preparations for the 2019 polls. The primary elections was the first point of call for the political gladiators to proof their worth in order to clinch the party ticket.
The media buzz was very high at the beginning as aspirants were canvassing the support of party stalwarts; traditional rulers and other dignitaries. This time, the resume of all the interested people was tabled before people for scrutiny. This should be one of the criteria for assessing a worthy candidate but in Nigeria, other factors include the availability of funds to throw around; the anointed candidate of the godfathers; zoning of political office; the structure within the party and many more.
As it said, it has all come to pass, fresh entrants into politics or technocrats venturing into the polity have found their way back to their usual way of life. Based on their interest in politics, they have spent their hard earned money to purchase the nomination form of the political party; funding of the various travels and courting the media.
Notable people that have returned to their normal life include Chief Michael Adeniyi Akintola, SAN who was one of the gubernatorial candidates on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State; he was recently seen at the Call to Bar of Oladapo Olaniyonu, the son of Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Senate President.
Equally, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, one of the Osun State gubernatorial candidates on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he was seen speaking at the second edition of the Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championship in Lagos, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the insurance company of repute in the country.
These two notable persons have shown that despite the return to democratic governance in the country, professionals can venture into politics and if they do not make it to the polls or to the office, they have something that they can comfortably return into and there is no end to solicit for ‘crumbs’ from the person who eventually becomes victorious at the polls.
Political jobbers need to borrow a leaf from these people. Whoever is gainfully engaged would not be tossed around when they venture into public service. To sum it all, these professionals should not be discouraged from contesting it because the ultimate failure is when one refuses to try again. Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and many others would not have become Governors if he never tried again.